A man and his eight-year-old son were winched to safety after
rising tides trapped the pair on rocks at Whakatane heads
The TrustPower TECT rescue helicopter was called to the area
about 3.15pm after the pair became trapped while fishing.
A large swell prevented life boats from reaching the father
and son, pilot Todd Dunham said.
An 18-year-old lifeguard showed extreme courage when she swam
from a rescue boat to assist the pair and comfort them until
the helicopter arrived, Mr Dunham said.
After the helicopter arrived at the scene the man and boy
were winched to safety and flown to shore where they were
checked for hypothermia.